A total of 193 players entered the £3500+£250 EPO main event over two starting days, including names like James Akenhead, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Neil Channing, and Annette Obrestad.
EPT San Remo champ Liv Boeree made 12th for £9,500, practically bubbling the final nine late on Day 2 Monday.
Mathew Frankland, whose under $10k in career tournament earnings includes a World Series of Poker cash this summer, will have the chip lead coming into the chase for a £220,650 first-place prize.
German Fabian Quoss, who made runner-up in a $5k at the 2009 WSOP is close, along with the lesser known Sebastian Crul.
The rest of the final nine is headlined by PartyPoker pro Felipe Ramos, who counts a WSOP final table as one of his biggest poker accomplishments.
All nine players are guaranteed at least £13,600 when the final goes off at 3 p.m. London time Tuesday.
Here’s how they stack up coming in with blinds at 5,000/10,000 and an ante of 1,000:
Mathew Frankland 668,000
Sebastian Crul 583,500
Fabian Quoss 559,000
Andrew Brennan 336,000
Mark Norman 224,500
Felipe Ramos 196,500
Stephen Chimelski 191,000
Brent Lehring 94,500
Salman Behbehani 72,000